Clay County Family & Consumer Sciences

Faculty and staff members in FCS develop and support academic programs, Extension education and research activities. The goal of these programs is to empower individuals, families, youth and communities to address areas of concern such as:

  • Family financial stability
  • Consumer food safety
  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Leadership and life skills development

Talk of Avian Influenza in the recent news have you concerned?  

Below are some tips on food safety:

  • Cooking poultry, eggs, and other poultry products to the proper temperature and preventing cross-contamination between raw and cooked food is the key to safety.  You should follow the same handling practices that are recommended to prevent illness from common foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella:              
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw poultry and eggs.
  • Clean cutting boards and other utensils with soap and hot water to keep raw poultry or eggs from contaminating other foods.
  • Cutting boards may be sanitized by using a solution of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water;
  • Cook poultry to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Consumers can cook poultry to a higher temperature for personal preference.
  • Cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm.  Casseroles and other dishes containing eggs should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use either shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella by pasteurization or another approved method, or pasteurized egg products for recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served.  Some examples of these kinds of dishes are Caesar salad dressing and homemade ice cream.  Commercial mayonnaise, dressing, and sauces contain pasteurized eggs that are safe to eat.  Treated shell eggs are available from a growing number of retailers and are clearly labeled.  Pasteurized egg products are widely available.

The above tips are an excerpt from the FDA consumer website:





      Managing in Tough Times                   Middleburg Library    February 16, 2016 2pm

Join us to learn money saving tips for the family.


       Saving in the Kitchen             Middleburg Library  February 25, 2016 7:00pm

Learn money saving tips for purchasing, storing and preparation of food.

Food Preservation Class

March 18th - Clay County Food Preservation Class - 9:00 am. $10.00 Registration fee. For more information and registration contact Sally at 904-2846355